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A chance meeting at a friends party followed by a few phone calls that didn't quite go anywhere was the beginning of these two lovebirds. All that changed when an innocent email sent from a different time zone landed in his inbox in the middle of the night. She claimed it was part of a mass email she sent for marketing her network business. He responded anyway thinking it was personalized to him. He claimed he was working late into the wee hours of the night and there was her email, so why not open it.
Fast forward to Friday night's traditional Igbo wedding, Chineme and Ogom tied the knot in full customary tradition before their friends and family. From the bridal price negotiations to the breaking of the cola nut, to the blessing of the palm wine, the soon to be wed put on a full skit to entertain their guests. And then comes the interactive part of the night, the search for the groom who had previously been stowed away amongst his friends. Enter fake suitors who eagerly reached out to a beautiful woman promising her riches untold. Chineme had plenty of choices of men to pick from at a moment's notice to marry, but she had her eye and heart only for Ogom to whom she would offer her precious palm wine as a promise of what he can expect from their lives together. Amidst cries of take me, take me, I'm rich, I'm available, I'll love you and take good care of you, cause not just any 'ol care would do for Chineme. She searched high and low until she finally found her one true love, Ogom, the one who makes her heart skip multiple beats. The night ended with the groom's last dance with his family before joining his bride to become man and wife.
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And so began the May inaugural DMV Wedding and Events vendor Showcase at the Signature Blue event center in Beltsville, MD orchestrated by the very seasoned Paulina 'Nana' Kodua of Kensington Flowers and Events, and her dear friend, Tina Ajari Bello of Elite Party Rental and Events.
The goal as stated by Nana was both "a one-stop-shop for vendors that will make your event take off with class, attention to detail, and utmost satisfaction" and an excellent opportunity for collaboration amongst event creatives in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Although I had a previous engagement that day, my friend and sister Chuigo, call her Chu-Chu, stood in for me and didn't disappoint. I stopped long enough to capture a few images as vendors were setting up.
Oh this cake, this cake, this cake... I actually smelled the sugar as I stood next to it. Had to zoom in for the details. God bless women ... from our head to toe. Unquie pieces to complement any attire.
Party rentals ... what's your pleasure
Custom gifts, hand selected, just for you and your guests. Leave the planning to the experts.
Right there ... got it! She's always on POINT!
Another photographer in the house, my sister, and friend Halima Kamara getting ready for the show
Ever seen anyone dance and frown? Impossible... NK introduces African dance into the mix
I missed staying long enough to get one of those bling-bling shawls I love from this mother-daughter and aunt team.
You should have seen the original authentic saris on display.And your event is not completed until there's music in the house.
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I almost missed it.
Bolu and Tosin's wedding that is.
Thanks in part to those nice uniformed guys, you know, the ones that pull your car over on the side of the road checking random car documents. I wonder if they can spot a fake from the real thing, but I digress. There I was dressed and raring to go but I couldn't. My ride simply didn't show. Why? my ride had been pulled over by those 'state finest' asking for that lone random document that just wasn't there. Two hours later, lots of phone calls back and forth, mercy prevailed. And so began the race, from Sagamu, Ogun State to Lagos Island. Did I mention the ever present traffic jam? Yap! It was present, but we were not deterred. From one hotel to another, changed to look wedding ready and it was show time. Words are simply not enough to describe the magic of the day. Of the love between these two. Their embrace, the intimacy of their dance, and part three of their wedding, when all the friends took to the runway.
Words are simply not enough to describe the magic of the day. Of the vibrant love between these two. Their embrace, the intimacy of their dance, the looks they exchanged spoke volumes.
And then there was part three to this dream wedding when all the friends took to the runway. Yes! the stage was really a runway!
So very grateful to be part of Bolu and Tosin's very special day.
He's been waiting to say it, practiced it really, those two simple words that carry more weight than gold. 'I do'
Words are not necessary
Sealed with a kiss
Oh, his serenade
So many dignitaries, I almost froze first time I saw them
Yap! we did it
Your parents embrace
Oh, the venue, the decor, the ambiance, I can go on and on and on
Daddy's entrance, you should have seen the supporting cast
and of course, mommy's grand entrance, now their supporting cast was so long I gave up capturing them
Just look at us.
Yap! I married her
Words of wisdom
And more wisdom
Off to cut the cake... wait till you see it
Prayer, and this one was just to cut the cake
And she's been practicing for this dance
Looking at your newly minted husband ... and your newly minted mom dance
Mom's still got it!
Anticipating the dance with daddy
Where did my little girl go? She's now a woman
Could I have this dance? For the rest of our lives ...
Private moment ... in a fish bowl
Oh that reception suit ... made just for her body
it's a wrap!
You meet them, you fall in love with them. Simple. That's the only way to describe Ayisatu and James. Actually, we met over the phone, through a referal. I was in Las Vegas when the call came but missed it. I sent back a text message saying I'll be home by the end of the week. Instead of the typical 'ok', the response said, call when you get a chance. So, I did what any nice girl would do, I called, time difference and all. The introduction by my circle of sisters and friends was short, and on came two giddy, excited lovebirds. Before the conversation was over, I was in love, with both of them. Sight unseen. Not for the job, but for their genuine laughter and confidence that came right through the phone. They were unique in that they both know what they wanted. We set a date to meet and it was on.
Ayisatu and James are nothing short of a blessing because they continue to be even after their wedding. What they didn't know they asked. They wanted a traditional engagement session and wanted details of the why, when, how. I provided a crash course and then did one better, thanks again to my circle of sisters and friends. I happen to be a guest at an upcoming wedding, made a phone call practically days before the event and secured an extra invite to a strictly by invitation only event all the way in Baltimore. Love you Sister Kemi :-) Ayisatu showed up, with her game face. You would think she was getting ready to study for an exam. She paid attention, asked questions. She was there ... in the moment. Oh joy. And the only thing that kept James away? That traffic you run into when there is a ball game in Baltimore.
Next she assembled her dream team of vendors to meet at my house for a pre-planning session. Another blessing, we meet each other before the wedding, in person. Flurries of emails and text messages, an engagement session can read here. And then the big day finally came.
I should let the images take it from here.
It all starts wilththe gele (headtie) for tradition
Promises of things to come
A little time for portrait and details
The waiting while the moderator does her thing
When your daughter is the one getting married, there's a song in your heart that only you hear, and an extra bounce in your steps And your son has found a good thing Ready for guests
Skip a few ... on to reason we are here ...
The Letter ... from his family to her family ... worth dancing for
And one very bold young lady who did not skip a bit reading the letter, well, except for those family names that must be pronounced correctly Part 1 formality taken care of ...
Here comes the groom, with bells and whistles And the most important tradition of all ... reverence to her parents, and his parents. A must!
A reminder that you asked,
strike that, you 'begged' for her hand in marriage.
And in your sheer exuberance when your dance is on, you forgot the matching cap, but that's why God made brothers
Here comes the bride, in matching blue veil, with an entourage of sisters and friends
The prayers From a mother's heart, and you know a girl needs a second mom so she prays too
From your new parents because there are no in-laws
It's time to bid 'your girls' farewell, no more clubbing, book club is perfectly fine
Did I say prayer?
Africans have first dibs on that thing called prayer. Ask any African kid, they can write a book So we pray on the ring He can finally put a ring on it (I didn't coin that!),
raise it high, put the world on notice
No tag necessary the look says it all
Did I say prayer?
Made possible by the love and passion of these awesome wedding vendors
Photography: Ronnie Bliss
Co-Photographer: Toyin Photos
Master of Ceremonies:
Cake: Classic Bakery
Catering: Royal Envy Catering & Decor
Headtie/Gele – Dondonni Makeovers
Makeup – Shervii
Wedding Coordinator: Subtle Touch Events
Video: Expert Vision Productions
For some their wedding day is just a blur and they wonder what just happened. For Suliat Adedayo and Akanni it was anything but a blur. April 11th was a day that started with prayer, filled with the high energy and excitement, with lots of friends and families, and star studded performances. A unique father daughter-dance, with both fathers: one sharing, the other gaining, united by love, dancing with a woman they both call daughter. To my very own favorite love song "Olo mi" performed by the one and only Tosin Martins. I'm not sure which captivated me the most, Tosin, the song or the electric charge between Suliat and Akanni as they danced that I nearly forgot to click the shutter on my camera. A million thanks to, my wonderful co-photographer, Toyin Photos who kept on shooting, otherwise, you would have missed much of that scene. And then there was the surprise performance of Banky W - "Yes/No" by our very own Nigerian-American Got Talent Temitope and her friend that got Suliat into tears of joy. Turns out Akanni had mentioned the song at the family introduction last year, well this year, Suliat Adedayo said "Yes" loud and clear at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland and danced the night away at Camelot. One of the refreshing part from both Suliat and Adedayo was a departure from the predictable change into traditional attire. Suliat STUNNED in a body hugging, show stopping, breathtaking black and gold evening gown that leaves no doubt who the celebrant is. To put it in a wise person's word, Akanni 'took his eye to the market'.
Enjoy the highlight images of the night while I put the finishing touched on their personal website.
Father and Daugher
The long awaited moment
You guessed the question ... who gave this woman in marriage? I ....
and I ...
we had witnesses
girls will be girls ...
and boys will be boys ....
and Suliat? well .... you had to have been there to witness the dancing!
One PERFECT MOMENT!
And the impromptu audition ... but she didn't skip a bit ... she can dance and sing.
This beautiful wedding is made possible by the love and passion of these awesome wedding vendors
Attire: African Boutique
Photography: Ronnie Bliss
Co-Photographer: Toyin Photos
Master of Ceremonies: Timothy Shadare
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
Catering: Mama Shad Kitchen / Mama Touch
Special Musical Guest: Tosin Martins
Music: DJ Diddy Mula
Live Band: Latunde Silver and the Great Harmony Band
Makeup – Lola’s Beauty Mark / Faces of Beauty by Ify / Dondonni Makeovers
Wedding Coordinator: Trendsetters Wedding & Events
Wedding Coordinator: White Crown Affair
Wedding Program: Design Fortune
Video: T & A Production